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Uganda Be Kidding Me

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  14,259 Ratings  ·  1,239 Reviews
Wherever Chelsea Handler travels, one thing is certain: she always ends up in the land of the ridiculous. Now, in this uproarious collection, she sneaks her sharp wit through airport security and delivers her most absurd and hilarious stories ever.

On safari in Africa, it's anyone's guess as to what's more dangerous: the wildlife or Chelsea. But whether she's fumbling the s
Hardcover, 257 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2014)
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Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

I came across Chelsea Handler by accident about 9 years ago. At the time "Chelsea Lately" wasn't airing in Canada and unless you had satellite TV with US channels you were out of luck. Well my parents happened to have a dish and I just so happened to be spending a lot of time there (No, not just because they had satellite TV with awesome American TV programming).

So I was flipping channels and came across this loud blonde interviewing Tom Cruise (pre-crazy Tom? I think? or maybe not). B
Darth J
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Oh Chelsea, you've lost your touch.

I've enjoyed her previous books because they were anecdotes. Half of this book is dedicated to her trip to Africa where she and her gaggle of lady friends act like the worst kind of American tourists, whether it be braying idiotically or drunkenly pawing at her tour guide (who was not interested). The book felt forced, like she couldn't really enjoy this trip because she was too worried about making a snappy comeback for the sake of her audience.

After she gets
Naomi Blackburn
Mar 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
I don't get it. I think I am missing something. After falling in love (and still quoting) Chelsea's dynamic book Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, I read everything that I could get my hands on by this author. But this book was like the clap, it went painfully on and on with no sense of sense. It was like pulling teeth to continue to read this book. What I can't figure out for me is that I wasn't reading it for review. I could have stopped reading the book. Alas, I knew that humor had to b ...more
Katy Jane
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
1. I loved that the pictures were in color. That doesn't happen very often in books.
2. I love Chelsea's schizophrenic brain. Her stories don't seem like they are going anywhere and, to be honest, I don't really care. She's so funny that she would write the book in crayon and I'd still find in hilarious. But then the stories do make sense somehow when she's finished.
3. She commented on how bad she hates poor grammar and there were like 5 typos in the book.
4. I laughed so hard at her just adding
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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ARC from NetGalley. Thank you NetGalley!!!!!

3.5 Stars

First, let me take care of a little bidness. Introducing my new guest blogger – Frank Engator. He likah da funny books and just laughed and laughed while reading his first selection by Chelsea Handler.

Now, on to the review . . .

If it weren’t for the fact that seeing her on television or hearing her voice makes me want to stab her in the face, Chelsea Handler would probably be at th
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of Chelsea Handler's best. This book is so funny and true and heartfelt that I have gained a lot of respect for her, on top of a brimming bowl of respect, that she can be so honest. Everyone, who has a sense of humor and is not easily offended, should read this book.
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
This type of shallowness and self-indulgence requires more depth and less self-indulgence to pull it off more successfully (e.g.: "French and Saunders" or "Absolutely Fabulous"), but there's a few laughs along the way.
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Seriously, is Chelsea Handler the worst person on the planet, or does she exist simply to make you feel better about yourself? Or is she simply a successful comedian. Or a little of all of the above.
Denise Lamoreaux
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! I've read some articles from people who think Chelsea is crude and unimaginative. Maybe it's just me, but I find her hilarious. Chelsea books may be a guilty pleasure but they're definitely a reprieve from day to day life and I cannot help but giggle out loud every time I read one-- Uganda Be Kidding Me was no exception.
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
I recently got tickets to Chelsea Handler's comedy tour, which she was doing to promote her new book, Uganda Be Kidding Me. I soured on her because she made the crowd wait an hour and twenty minutes before coming on (who does she think she is, Madonna?) and I actually left early and didn't finish the show. So I was curious to find if the book is as irritating as her act. Well, it is. The book is mostly structured on her recent travels. Half of it is from her South African Safari trip. Interestin ...more
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
I have read all of Chelsea's books. I tried, and failed, to finish the one before this one that her friends wrote about her. It just wasn't funny. Nothing against the friends, but maybe the only person who can tell the world about Chelsea is- Chelsea.
In this case, she tells us of her travel (mis)adventures.
You have the usual bitchiness and the usual suspects in her traveling companions. You have some unique adventures.
So what unsettled me?
Not so much unsettled as bored. She writes about tryin
Mar 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: humor
I've seen clips of Handler, but I'm not sure I've ever seen a full episode of her show. I knew she was a bit abrasive and vulgar, but this book was over the top. She manages to insult pretty much every group of people ever and doesn't come off as very likable for most of the book. I enjoyed the last chapter about her friendship with Whitney Cummings, but that was about it.
Received from netgalley.
Kristen Cansler
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading Uganda Be Kidding Me, my new mission in life is to get white girl wasted with Chelsea Handler in South Africa while watching stampeding elephants. It's been such a long time since I laughed this hard at a book. I even snorted. Chelsea brings back her perverted and saturated with alcohol humor in her latest book that gives us a peek into traveling her way.

I'll admit that I'm not usually one for non-fiction unless it's a really well written memoir, and Chelsea Handler delivers. The
Megan Wheat
Feb 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
It was one long run on story that would never end
J.L. Guzior
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love me some Chelsea. Laugh out loud funny as always! My husband kept looking over at me like I was nuts while I was reading this book.
Miranda Lynn
Mar 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
DNF at 90 pages.

When I first started reading Chelsea Handler's books a couple of years ago, I really enjoyed them. Her humor was snarky, risqué and different than other female comedians I'm a fan of…but it seems like her work has been quickly going downhill in the past few years. Her last book (if you can call it that) was absolutely awful, but I was hopeful that Uganda Be Kidding Me would be better, especially because it was written by herself, not just her family and coworkers. But, nope, just
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I will use quotes from the book to show you briefly why I enjoyed it so much.

"'When did Africa come up? I thought you were going to the south of France?' 'I want to know where rappers come from. You know that's always been a passion of mine.'" Pgs 6-7

"Can you imagine the man you were sitting next to taking a good, hard look at what you left behind in your seat and coming to the conclusion you had miscarried?" Pg 16

"Then she looked down and asked me why I was wearing one motorcycle boot and one s
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm over Chelsea Handler (I think Chelsea is kinda over Chelsea Handler, too). I was kinda over her before I started reading, but this book sealed the deal. Why did I even read this book then? Well, I've read all of her other books and didn't want to be a quitter, so I decided to go for it. This book only half takes place Africa, it is mostly just her travel stories, but not actually stories... long-winded anecdotes. There was little plot to this book or point. It was annoying how Chelsea assume ...more
Uganda Be Kidding Me

The Characters:

Chelsea Handler and a host of friends, family and random people me while traveling.

The Story:

Chelsea is crazy and I mean that in the best way possible. I am unsure how much of these stories are fabrication and how much is truth but I honestly doubt even Chelsea knows. Her alcohol laden tales are a delight to listen to.

I’d love to travel with her one day.

The Random Thoughts:

4 Stars
Natalie (Natflix&Books)

Fairly entertaining and a pretty quick read, but something about Chelsea Handler just rubs me the wrong way even though I do want to like her. Full review to follow...probably.
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can always rely on Chelsea Handler to write a book that makes me laugh out loud. Her stories of travel with her friends made me feel like I was with them. A big fan!
Jul 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Chelsea is nothing if not abrasive. But I definitely respect abrasiveness, plenty of people probably feel the same way about me. But I did feel as though Chelsea went overboard with her abrasive ways, in fact I thought she was absolutely absurd and rude at times in the book. I think some moments she includes must be hyperbolic, but at the same time they don't seem terribly unbelievable either. One thing for sure? You won't catch me doing any of this crap, hell I don't even drink.

Overall the boo
Kim Kardash
Mar 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
barely read half,'s definitely time to return this to the library. This book is bad. Thought it would be an interesting subject matter...African Safari, but it's barely about a safari, and more about how much she loves alcohol drugs and sex. Subject matter had a lot of potential, but it's just not good. And, doesn't even make sense....seriously choppy writing.
Mar 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: noone
Recommended to Candy by: Goodreads, what a dissapointment
This might be one of the worst books I've ever started. I see no reason to progress beyond 30% read. The subject matter is trivial, ridiculous, and a complete waste of time. Drugs, alcohol, sex dominate where exploring on safari could have been interesting. This book should not have been published. Yuk.
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read this while in flight... I'm pretty sure the guy sitting next to me thought I was a chuckle-head, laughing out loud in a flight...he kept trying to see what I was reading:-)
Liss Lovejoy
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Apparently Handler broke up with a boyfriend and decides to take her friends to Africa and then write part of a book about it. She takes us on one of her adventures which starts out with her telling about the players in said adventure. Her sister Simone, her lesbian roommate in which she refers to her as lesbian Shelly, her cousin Molly, her oldest friend in L.A
3.5 out of 5 RATING

"I woke up at 4:45 a.m. in Johannesburg, South Africa, in my bra, underwear, and eyeshades. My head was torqued to the right due to the length and width of the pillow I was resting it on, which had the same dimensions as a panty liner. The duvet accompanying this 'pillow' was an inch or two wider and could have doubled as a buffet napkin." ~ pg. 12

And so begins the misadventure of comedian Chelsea Handler on safari in Africa. Complete with pictures, this fifth release by the E
Nadine Lumley
Oct 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
I watched Chelsea Handler's Netflix show Uganda Be Kidding Me. My whole life I've been a huge huge huge fan of female comics and will watch them as a great fan. I haven't seen her show or read any of her books so I was going in fresh here.

I hated it. I really, really hated it, and I'm the sort to go support a female comic just because she's a female comic raising issues I never hear get raised by male comics.

I was disgusted, turned off, not funny to me (maybe if you watch it high or drunk in a r
Mar 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Oh Chelsea, where have you gone? It seems her last couple of books have not been as funny as her first two. I won't even count the one that friends and family wrote about her. I want the old Chelsea back, the one whose books I was so embarrased to read in a public setting because they were so funny that as hard as I tried to contain my laughter it would only elicit harder fits of out-loud laughter and win me funny stares from people wondering what the heck I was laughing at.

The book got a lot b
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
World traveling with Chelsea Handler? I'm in!

The first part of the book was a solid four stars. If you like Chelsea Handler, you'll love traveling with her as she, her sister, and three friends head out on an African safari. As you might expect, there's a lot of alcohol and inappropriateness, and hilarity ensues. I laughed out loud in parts. We get to know her friends, her sister, and their unflappable safari guide. And there are a lot animals, which is an added bonus. Actually, the very best p
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